Obedience vs state of mind work

Posted on April 7th, by Sean O'Shea in Training Tips. Comments Off on Obedience vs state of mind work

So many folks focus simply on training obedience commands: sit, down, place, recall, thresholds, heel etc., and miss one of the most important pieces to successfully solving the training puzzle – addressing state of mind, attitude, and demeanor.

Not that obedience and state of mind work are mutually exclusive, they’re not, but understanding how to use these obedience commands to help transform a dog into a polite, considerate, and respectful member of the family is often a confounding and elusive concept.

Training your eye and your intuition to see and feel attitude and intent, not just responses to commands, is truly where transformation and great behavior lives.

Of course this concept is easier said that understood, but the more you look for it, the more you focus on it, the more you’re dialed into it, the more you’ll start to see and feel it. And once you “get” that aspect of training, you’ll be able to conquer many issues that obedience commands alone can’t.

What does proper state of mind look like? Polite, permission based relationship dynamics, moving slowly rather than like rocket, calm, respectful behavior, impulse control – even in the face of triggers etc. Once again, work more on feeling the vibe/attitude, rather than simply getting snappy obedience commands/compliance.

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